Seven postpones Australia’s Got Talent
With no audience possible for now, Seven makes the tough call on talent show.
Seven has been forced to pull Australia’s Got Talent from its schedule due to the strict lockdown conditions in Sydney.
Filming of the Fremantle production was due to get underway this week at The Star in Sydney. Because its location was in the first 4 local government area lockdowns in Sydney producers then looked to relocate to Rooty Hill, but it too was forced to close for the two week period.
A Seven spokesperson said, “Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney, we have decided to postpone production of the new season of AGT to a date to be determined. A studio audience is a vitally important part of this much-loved show, so we have made the responsible but tough call to not go ahead for now. A big thank you to our judges – Neil Patrick Harris, Kate Ritchie, Alesha Dixon and Shane Jacobson – and our host Ricki-Lee, and we hope to see you again soon.
“The postponement is disappointing, but there is a lot of great content to come on Seven across the rest of 2021, including Farmer Wants A Wife – which starts this Sunday – The Voice, SAS Australia, Big Brother VIP, more of our high-rating 7NEWS Spotlight specials, a special on William Tyrrell, the AFL Finals Series, Bathurst 1000 and, of course, the Tokyo Olympics and the Ashes Test series.”
The news is particularly difficult for Neil Patrick Harris and Alesha Dixon, both of whom travelled to Australia and underwent a 2 week lockdown -now facing another if they stay for the next two weeks.
Australia’s Got Talent was due to screen after the Olympics, but Seven is likely to fill the void with more Spotlight specials and extended runs of other shows. Whether a completed SAS Australia now comes forward is also unclear.
The Voice is expected to be the first big show following the Olympics.